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    America should not blink an eye at Iran. There should be no mercy towards this new president.....keep and increase economic sanctions. Let us not forget that we are the infidels and must behave as infidels...
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    No I don't agree with this. Keep them isolated totally and push other nations to do the same. With enough economic pressure they will eventually crumble. We should never do business with a nation that enslaves its people. And we should not become involved in their internal problems, just cut our ties with them.
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    @Chomsky0 - absolutely. It doesn't look like Kim Jung Un has missed a meal anytime soon. People who think that sanctions hurt the government are wrong, it only hurts the people. North Korea is the perfect exa
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    @kirbstomp1
    And its not our responsibility to cure that countries ills. If we just step back and let them settle their own differences, while not supporting anyone or anything in that desolate place, maybe the people will rise up and put an end to their slavery.
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    Iran is our enemy. Repeat Iran is our enemy. We should be doing everything we can to isolate this regime and push for regime change there by any means.
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    PNWest: "We should be doing everything we can to isolate this regime and push for regime change there BY ANY MEANS." -(Emphasis mine)

    I agree. So does that mean that you are on board to send a team in and deal with this emerging threat?
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    @Neo_NtheMatrix I have always felt that Jimmy Carter set the stage for the rise of fundamentalist Islam by not going into Iran and beating the crap out of them for holding our hostages. What he should have done was give them 48 hours to return the hostages and had they not done so started bombing. If any of the hostages ended up as collateral damage we should have kept going until we killed or captured Khomeni. Had we done this I doubt that we would have ever heard the name of Osama bin Laden and Carter would have been re-elected. Reagan would not have been elected and America might still have a strong middle class. Carter's refusal to put the hostages lives in jeopardy resulted in putting many more Americans lives at risk. He was ill suited to making these kinds of decisions.

    As to sending in a team now. I'd be OK with it provided there was enough provocation that it could be defended as being done in self defense.
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    @PNWest I agree with your point about Carter. From that assessment, you can see that Obama is following in Carter's footsteps. When they had protests for democracy in 2009, that should have been our cue to go over and topple the regime, but just as Carter was too soft, so too is Obama on these people.
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    @methinks No, Obama is not following in Carter's footsteps. Ask Osama Fish Food bin Laden. The 2009 protests for democracy were not a hostile act against America. If they continue to make nuclear threats against us that is sufficient cause in my book to go in.
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    Yes master.
    Iran is our enemy.
    Iran is our enemy.
    Iran is our enemy.
    We must stop them by any means necessary.
    Iran is our enemy.
    Iran is our enemy.
    KILL THE INFIDELS!!!

    What just happened?
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    OH Hell NO! There isn't ONE person in Iran that wouldn't as soon as cut an American baby's head off and scream' ALAHHHHH' as they would take a crap out behind the camel corral. Why don't we WAKE THE HELL UP!
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    @Firestorm It has been this way since the tribes split and it will continue to be this way until the 'Second Coming'
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    @Kellso Again. That's simply not true. You have a distorted, government-skewed perspective, coupled with ignorance from people who don't know any better. Don't feel too bad. I wasn't far from that rhetoric until I happened to catch Jon Stewart's piece on the Iranian people.
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    @Kellso I'm sorry. I should have known you were a bit ignorant from your initial post. If you ever actually travel to Iran and meet actual native Iranian people, then you can give some real feedback. Maybe if you get to leave wherever it is you are from, Podunk, Alabama, population 221, maybe you can have an intelligent discourse.
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    Well at least we are keeping them healthy so they can continue to hate us. I think it's time for Iran to experience some tough love, time to cut them off totally.
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    We should not give them one thing, we are 'infidels' they want to kill us, what part of that do we not understand???...They hate us, and will continue to hate us and wish us death. I have
    no sympathy for them. Sorry, I just don't. The children are victims, but they are victims of a
    fanatical, evil theocracy, that has no end.
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    Sometimes hard choices have to be made even if it is helpful to some. If you tell your child he/she is grounded but yet you let them have their ps3, cell phone, computer, etc.... what did the child really learn?
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    I see the comparison of human lives, sick people that have children and spouse they love who need medicine to survive, to a cell phone as very disturbing.
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    @Saving_USA It's simple. Do you think the leaders of Iran will be thankful for the US taking care of their people? Hell NO! They will continue to do what they do because they know we will give in just like a parent does with a child. You should change your name. How about really saving the US first then we can worry about the rest of the world.
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    @Knight80
    The Iranians don't give a shit about their people. They aren't bothered in the slightest by their people's suffering anyway. Not giving them medicine isn't going to hurt Iran.

    My issue isn't so much with whether or not we should lift the sanctions, but the lack of sympathy towards these people. Our capacity to shrug off the loss of innocent human life at our hand is unsettling. Viewing the deaths of these people as a grounding, it just feels wrong.
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    @Saving_USA Didn't they just have an election? Maybe the people need to take a stand on what is right. My tax dollars shouldn't be used for funding a nation of people who don't give a SH!T about us.
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    No, I do not agree. The main reason is that if sanctions are lifted what evidence do we have that needed anything will get to those in need? The Iranian government, who could care less about it's people, would simply use the opportunity to do what they want. Let them give up the bomb first.
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    @Tralee The people will go back to the way they were living before the sanctions. So are the sanctions improving the lives of the people or not?
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    @Chomsky0 Sanctions are meant to pressure the government to do a desired action. If we keep the pressure up the people will decide if they want that government or not. If we just give in Iran builds a bomb or 7 and sells the 1 or 2 they don't need to an enemy of ours and uses the other to bomb Israel starting WWIII - not much of a choice.
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    @Tralee The Iranian president is leaving office because of term limits. Since Iran is a democracy, it's up to the people anyways. Iran has said what they would like to see happen. That the middle east becomes a nuclear weapon free zone. The only country in the middle east at this time or the near future is Israel, the country that keeps invading and killing it's neighboring country's people.
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    We killed 100,000's of people, mostly children, with these same kind of sanctions in Iraq. Iran is a much more solid country, but still these sanctions are going to cause millions of Iranians to suffer because the warlords of Iran and America can't get their act together.
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    Surely there is a way to keep the sanctions in place while still providing some humanitarian aid. We oppose Iran's leaders because of what they do to their own people. So, we are treating them like criminals when they are victims. I know there's a way to fix this.
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    I think that the Obama Administration is correct to move cautiously on fully lifting the humanitarian aid ban only after we see whether the new Iranian leader Mohsen Rezaei will truly set a more moderate Iran policy vis-a-vis its Arab neighbors and the West. Mr. Mohsen has pledged to 'change the discourse of the nuclear non-proliferation talks 'hopelessly deadlocked ' on moving towards a negotiated settlement with the U.N. and Western powers, but Iran has moved to send military troops to support the failing Assad regime in Syria. We need to see more positive actions by Iran that they do believe in respect of national sovereignty, mutual cooperation and negotiation rather than unilateral force alone to solve their problems and conflicts with other nations.
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